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James Hardiman Takes On The AZAB

14 April 2011

Long time supporter of Sail 4 Cancer and Ski 4 Cancer, James Hardiman, is taking part in this year’s AZAB Race to raise funds for Sail 4 Cancer.  This single handed yacht race from the UK to the Azores and back again (Azores And Back or AZAB for short!) is one of the world’s major offshore sailing events.

James explained:

Ocean Elements Fluke - Sail 4 Cancer“With so many affected by this cruel disease in some shape or form, I am dedicated to making a contribution in whatever way that I can.  My mother had cancer about 25 years ago, (she happily made a full recovery), and sailing is a big part of my life. Sailing has recently started to feature in my work which has creates an ideal opportunity for me to give this worthwhile charity some added publicity. The first opportunity for me to start raising funds is the Azores and Back race, the Azab, which starts on June 4th, 2011.

Starting on Saturday 4 June, the AZAB is a serious Ocean race that covers some 2,500 miles of ocean, approximately 1,220 miles on each leg.  The majority of yachts usually take between 7 and 10 days to reach the AZORES allowing a week or so to relax, make repairs and restock for the return passage.

Although I have been sailing (on and off) for about 20 years, my ocean sailing experience is zero.  I have clocked up a few thousand miles inshore/offshore and solo sailing, and recently started to compete, (with some poor results!), in some solo and double handed races.  My inexperience of the ocean is why I feel it prudent to compete in the AZAB double handed with my Father. Nevertheless it will be a steep learning curve!

Between now (April 10) and June 4, I still have to finish masses of boat prep, as well as run my companies, Alpine Elements, Ocean Elements and iGOSKi, whilst raising funds as fast as possible for Sail 4 Cancer.

I have to ensure Fluke-iGOSKi is sea worthy and complies with ISAAF offshore rules (a 64 page document).  I have to cram in 3 qualification requirements, keep up with my SORC race calendar (as much as I can) and re-do a 500 mile qualifier (4-5 days of non stop sailing out of sight of land).  Then get the boat to the start in Falmouth, some 200 miles away!  And all this alongside the daily running of the Company at quite a critical moment as we launch Ocean Elements, (sailing holidays in Greece) which opens to our first guests on May 1st.  I hope that you feel suitably inspired to donate and help me raise funds for this most worthwhile charity.”

James Hardiman Takes On The AZAB
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